MANDURAH residents have donated more than $72,000 to The Fred Hollows Foundation over the past 12 months.
The generosity of communities like Mandurah helped the foundation deliver more than a million eye operations and treatments last year, a record result in its 25-year history.
One of those was seven-year-old Nabiritha from rural Kenya, who was born with bilateral cataract blindness.
She was just four months old when her mother Emily knew something was wrong with her daughter’s eyes.
“I’d put some toys down for her to play with and I would find them the way I left them,” Emily said.
Nabiritha’s condition was completely avoidable, but the cost of cataract surgery was out of reach for the family who earn just $2 a day as farm labourers.
The family also could not access the care Nabiritha needed as there are only eight paediatric ophthalmologists for the 40 million people in Kenya.
To donate to The Fred Hollows Foundation, visit www.hollows.org, call 1800 352 352 or text your name to 0457 555 755.